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Dec 6, 2013
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nimiety

nimiety
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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nimiety

PRONUNCIATION:
(ni-MY-i-tee)

MEANING:
noun: Excess or redundancy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin nimius (too much). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ne (not), which also gave us nil, null, not, never, nothing, nihilism, annihilate, and naughty. Earliest documented use: 1542.

USAGE:
"As he said it, a nimiety of memories came back to him of the sick, the wounded, the dying: disease, war, famine, flood, fire, devastation."
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; A Feast in Exile; Tor; 2001.

See more usage examples of nimiety in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. -Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013)

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